ES chamber plans Christmas parade

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sometimes the hardest part of planning the annual Eureka Springs Christmas parade is coming up with the yearly theme.

"You want a theme that celebrates the season and can be easily interpreted by the float makers and participants, but you don't want it to be too cliché. You want it to be worthy of the artistic talent we have in town," said Debbie Coleman who, as the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce's special events coordinator, has spearheaded the Eureka Springs parade for five years.

"One of the things I love about this town is the spirit of volunteerism here," said Jeff Feldman, president and CEO of the chamber. "Even though the economy has been a tough challenge this year, our citizens have continued to volunteer and support the many worthy projects in the area that helps those less fortunate or under stress. I wanted to do something that celebrated that spirit."

This year's theme -- "A Gift from the Heart" -- celebrates Eureka Springs resident's' commitment to giving back to the community even when they don't have as much, materially, to give.

The annual holiday parade will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and will follow the traditional holiday route from upper Spring Street through downtown.

The chamber is encouraging residents, businesses, clubs and all organizations to participate in the parade. An application to enter the parade can be found on the chamber's website under the e-news/media tab Christmas Parade story, at http://bit.ly/9x3yc7, picked up at the Visitor Information Center, or can be emailed on request to jeff@eurekaspringschamber.com.

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